Program Manager - Defence - Canberra Sydney Brisbane

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Location: Canberra Sydney Brisbane, Australia

Downer is the leading provider of integrated services in Australia and New Zealand. Through trusted relationships and world leading insight we work closely with our customers to design, build and sustain assets, infrastructure and facilities.

Position summary

Downer Professional Services provides a broad range of professional and managed services, asset sustainment and estate upkeep services to the Australian Defence Force, the New Zealand Defence Force and other government agencies.

Downer Professional Services, combining the footprint and capability of Downer and Spotless, is one of the only integrated services companies that has a whole of Defence Capability Life Cycle offering and mindset. Our Sovereign Industry Capability delivers to the needs of Defence, National Security organisations, the major Primes and other government agencies.

As an ADM Top 10 Defence Contractor, we are a proven and trusted long-term partner, committed to diversity and inclusiveness and to growing Australia’s Defence industry with the participation of Small to Medium Enterprises.

Position summary:

Downer Professional Services is currently seeking expressions of interest from Program/Project Managers for the Air Combat Systems branch within Defence. This program of work is based in Canberra however, remote working arrangements will be considered for the right candidate(s) with the right experience.


Development of future contracting concept for the Capability. Lead the project and contract outcomes with coordination of release to market activities, contract closure and contract start;
Develop the project plans and supporting artefacts required to gain appropriate delegate approval(s);
Implementation, maturation and delivery of day-to-day Project governance including:

Organisation and conduct of forums, including stakeholder mapping and liaison
Tracking and
where required management of the Project scope;
Management of the Project schedule;
Management of Project financial resources;
Identification, assessment and management of Project risks, issues and opportunities;
Development of Project plans and Government Project Approval artefacts; and
Providing ad-hoc advice within areas of expertise.

This task requires individuals with a strong consulting toolkit, including a focus on problem solving, analytical ability, communication skills, and project management expertise. The fast paced and complex environment demands for a forward leaning, proactive and flexible outlook with the drive and strategic presence to drive projects through to completion.

About you:

An experienced Program/Project Management professional who is looking to develop their career in a prominent professional services business.
Defence and/or CASG experience.
PMP or Prince2 certification.
Experience and understanding of the Defence Capability Life Cycle.
Experience working in a high performing project team.
Experience in building trusted & valued relationships with project team members, customers & partners.

What we offer:

A diverse and challenging work environment.
A growing business where opportunities are great.
A great team where you are empowered to lead.
Referral bonuses.
Access to monthly Professional Development Sessions (including specialist forums).


Candidates must be Australian citizens with a minimum NV1 security clearance. Applicants residing outside of Australia or non-citizens will not be considered.

Work Day: Full Time
Employment type: Permanent Job
Salary: Negotiable

Minimal experience: No experience

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